William A. Ferguson

William A. Ferguson, 77 of Normal, Illinois passed away on Friday (March 20, 2015) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Illinois.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday (March 25, 2015) at 5pm at the Salvation Army Church in Bloomington. Military honors will be conducted by the Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Family will receive friends from 4:15pm till time of service. Cremation rites were accorded.

William is survived by his wife Christine Ferguson, his children; Steve P. Ferguson, Anne M. (Mark) Clementz of Bloomington, William A. (Chris) Ferguson of Smiths Station Alabama and Jo Elezabeth “Beth” (Jason) Southerland of Atlanta, Illinois, 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

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Thomas Charles Gentry II

Thomas Charles Gentry II, 51 of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday (March 17, 2015) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.

A celebration of his life service will be held on Saturday (March 21, 2015) at 4pm at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL with Father Greg Ketcham officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, the day of the service from 2-4pm at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Memorials may be mailed to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75231 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Mid-West Affiliate, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

Thomas was born on September 1, 1963 in Los Angeles, CA the son of Thomas Charles Gentry I and Marion Deru Gentry. He married Patriece Curry on December 29, 2012 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Thomas is survived by his Mother; Marion Gentry of Rockford, IL, his loving wife; Patriece, children; Thomas C. Gentry III, Olivia Gentry and Rebecca Gentry all of Bloomington, step children; Shameka Curry and Cameron Curry, step grandchildren; Dayvia and Anthony Curry. Also surviving are his 4 sisters; Yvonne (Joseph) Maire of Houston, TX, Catherine (Reid Thebault) Duchon of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Diana (Michael Carrington) Broome of Atlanta, GA and Mary (Michael) Roberts of Richmond, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Thomas was a graduate of Rockford Guilford High School, Rockford, IL class of 1981 and was a graduate of the University of Arkansas. He attended St. Patrick’s Church of Merna and worked at Mitsubishi Motor Company for 28years.

Thomas was a NASCAR fan. He enjoyed bowling, camping, DIY (Do It Yourself) projects, working on cars and loved spending time with his family.

He will truly be missed dearly by all his family and friends.

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Judith Ann Nelson

Judith Ann Nelson, 64 of Lexington passed away on Thursday March 12, 2015 at her residence. Another angel is on her way to paradise.

There will be a funeral service for Judith on Thursday March 19, 2015 at 10 AM at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington. Pastor Danny McCubbins will officiate. There will be a visitation on Wednesday March 18, 2015 from 5-7 PM at the Memorial Home. Interment will be in Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington.

Judy was born January 26, 1951 in Bloomington to a pair of hard working, ever loving parents, William H. and Eva J. Steigberger Jordine.

On June 28th, 1969, Judy married her prince charming, the young, strong, and handsome Marine, William T. Nelson. Judy and Bill were inseparable for over 45 years. Words can’t describe the love they shared. The pair produced three extremely handsome children, Christopher and Timothy (Lori) Nelson of Bloomington, and Cory (Theresa) Nelson of Heyworth. William, as well as all three children survive Judy.

Judy never had the “girl” she wanted, so her three boys went to work. They were able to give Judy 8 beautiful grand daughters, as well as a couple handsome grand sons. Nicole, Crystal, Hailey, Tyler, Kylee, Amber, Ashlee, Alexis, Mackenzie and Gage, as well as one great grand son, Carter Martinez were all so blessed to have Granny in their lives. Each one held a very special place in Judy’s big heart! All the grand children survive her.

She is also survived by one older sister Irma Jackson of Bloomington. Judy was preceded in death by her parents. She is certainly busy in heaven right now telling her parents about all her grand babies!

Spending time with her family brought more joy and happiness to Judy than anything in this world. Judy could never get enough of their company. Just sitting on the couch chatting with family was something that Judy loved to do. Having a “sleepover with granny” was an event the kids and Judy both loved so much. She loved baking Christmas cookies with the grandkids every year. A couple years ago she started a new “Sunday Family Dinner” tradition. Nothing put a bigger smile on her face than seeing her entire family sitting around the dinner table enjoying her world famous cooking.

Judy worked most of her adult life once her boys were in school. She counted down the days until her retirement from Illinois State University in 2011. Her mother (and best friend) Eva, passed away suddenly at 65, so Judy didn’t see any reason to expect to live any longer than her. To the dismay of everyone that knew her, she was correct. Since Judy anticipated an early passing, she did not want to waste one second of her unfortunately short retirement.

She loved vacationing with her family. Some of the places she visited with her family in recent years include: Washington DC, Florida, Disney World, New York, California, New Orleans, Chicago, Myrtle Beach, and nearly the entire Caribbean. She took a special liking to cruising the Caribbean. Without a doubt, the best vacation Judy had was in 2005. She took her whole family with her on a Caribbean cruise. Sitting on a white sand beach, sipping a Blue Lagoon while watching her kids play in the ocean would be a perfect day in Judy’s eyes. At the time of her passing, Judy already had her next 5 vacations scheduled.

Judy loved gardening and sharing her home grown vegetables. She had a “craft room” in her house and loved making cards and scrapbooks with the kids. She loved watching MJ’s Bulls win the six titles in the 90s with her boys. She loved watching her grand children participate in their sports of softball, basketball, volleyball, cheerleading and football. She loved “reality tv” and watched many of the shows religiously..

Judy, loved living life. She had a huge impact on the lives of everyone she touched. Friends and family that knew Judy could easily describe her….. She was the Best Friend, Wife, Mother and Granny there ever walked this planet.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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Annette, Mitchell

Annette, Mitchell, 52 of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away on Thursday (March 5, 2015) at 4:05pm at her home.

A graveside service will be held on Friday (March 20, 2015) at 11am at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington, Illinois.

Annette is survived by her son; Demurial Mitchell of Bloomington, brothers and sisters; Renee Richardson of St. Louis, MO, Bland, Dinah, Maria and Nancy Richardson all of Bloomington and David Richardson of Alton, IL.

Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

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Steven R. Brown Sr

Steven R. Brown Sr., 60, of Bloomington, died at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday (March 10, 2015) at his residence.

Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Bloomington. The Rev. Frank McSwain will officiate.

Burial: Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Arrangements are being handled by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

Visitation: 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at the church.

Memorials: to his family, care of Steven Brown Jr., 1736 Rex Road, Normal, IL 61761.

Survivors: wife, Joanne Starr, Bloomington; two sons, Steven (Gabrielle) Brown Jr., Normal, and Marcus Brown, Detroit, Mich.; one granddaughter; two sisters, Janet Carsice, Long Beach, Calif.; and Judith Jones, Bloomington.

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Omar C. “OC” Berry

Omar C. “OC” Berry, 89, a resident of the Good Samaritan Home, Flanagan, IL, formerly of Bloomington, IL, passed away at 7:50 PM on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Home, Flanagan, IL.

His funeral service will be 10:00 AM Monday (March 16, 2015) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL with military rites accorded Bloomington -Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Rev. Danny McCubbins will be officiating. Entombment will be at Park Hill Mausoleum, Bloomington, IL. Visitation will be 3:00 PM-6:00 PM Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. The family suggests memorials be made to the Good Samaritan Home Benevolence Fund in memory of Omar Berry . Please mail your memorial to Dana O. Berry 9843 N 1250 East Road, Shirley IL. 61772.

Omar was born February 2, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan the son of Harm Thomp and Laura Elizabeth Yunker Berry. He married Beverly M. Pittman on October 4, 1947 in Bloomington IL. She survives.
Also surviving is one son, Dana (Mary) Berry, Shirley, IL; daughter in-law, Vicki Berry, Downs, IL; four grandchildren, Brett (Tammy) Berry, Roodhouse, IL; Ryan (Kristi) Berry, St. Augustine, FL; Heather Berry, Chicago, IL; Kristin Berry, Bloomington, IL; six great-grandchildren,
Bailey, Brody and Boen Berry; Kaleigh, Kylan and Kaedan Berry; two brothers, Ray (Jo) Berry, Phoenix, AZ; and Irvin (Mary) Berry, Jeffersonville, IN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Michael Ray Berry, one brother, Tom Berry, Jr., and a great grandson, Keegan Ryan Berry.

Mr. Berry was a WWII Veteran and served in the US Marines in the South Pacific. He had worked at Advanced Cleaners and was a concrete finisher for J.G. Stewart, Bloomington, IL. He had enjoyed square dancing in Texas, wood carving and was an avid fisherman. Mr. Berry was a member of the Bloomington Art Guild and was a former Boy Scout Leader. Omar left everyone he met with a smile and joke and he will be missed by all who knew him.

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Patricia Kay Jenkins

Patricia Kay Jenkins, 58, of Bloomington, passed away Monday (March 9, 2015) at her home.

Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Private graveside service will be at a later time.

She was born Dec. 8, 1956, in Bloomington, to Riley F. and Nina E. Woolridge Jenkins. They, along with her sister, Mary Jane Norris, and grandchildren, Krystal Bethe Rotramel and Aurora Lynn Baize, preceded her in death.

Surviving are lifelong friend and companion, Robert D. Rotramel; seven children, Mellissa Stachurski, Bloomington; Joseph (Jenny) Baize, Ludlow; Mary Baize, Bloomington; Jodie Hamilton, Bloomington; Rob (Reggie) Rotramel, Gridley; Bryan Rotramel, El Paso; and Bobi Rotramel, Gridley; 22 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles (Vicki) Jenkins, John (Debbie) Jenkins and Bobby Jenkins; and sister, Sue (Dan) Watkins.

Patricia fought an amazing fight against cancer, down to her last breath.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to http://www.gofundme.com/ofah6g or in memory of Sam Jenkins (her beloved dog) to the Humane Society of Central Illinois, 423 N. Kays Drive, Normal, IL 61761.

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Glenn “Shorty” Whorrall, Jr

Glenn “Shorty” Whorrall, Jr, of Bloomington, IL passed away at 1:45pm at his home on Sunday, March 8, 2015.

There will be no services or visitation. Burial will be at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. Memorial contributions may be mailed to the Wounded Warrior Project, or to Advocate Bromenn Hospice in his memory. Beck Memorial Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

He was born on January 3, 1935, son of Glenn Edwin and Marie Maplethorpe Whorrall in Bloomington, IL.
Surviving are this three children, Becky (Keith) Tarvin, Bloomington, IL; David Whorrall, Ellsworth, IL; and Linda Raney, Bloomington, IL. Also surviving are his three grandchildren, Brandon (Mandy) Hilton, Chris Hilton, and Brian (Stacy) Tarvin; two great-grandchildren, Journey Hilton and Logan Tarvin. He was preceded in death by both of his parents, and two brothers Maurice and Robert; one sister, Alice.

Glenn never knew any strangers and was a great friend to everybody he met.

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Madaline Mae Baker

Madaline Mae Baker, 76, of Bloomington, passed away at 9 a.m. Friday (Feb. 27, 2015) at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria.

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Rev. Ted Max will officiate. Burial will be at East Lawn Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

The family suggests memorials be made to Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., or Community Cancer Center, Normal. Please mail your memorials to John Allen Baker, P.O. Box 694, Danvers, IL 61732.

Madaline was born Feb. 8, 1939, in Bloomington, the daughter of John J. and Mary Mae Martin Hoog. She married John Baker on June 26, 1959, in Bloomington. He survives.

Also surviving are five children, John Allen (Mary Ann) Baker, Danvers; Mark Steven Baker, Auckland, New Zealand; Phillip Lynn (Cathy) Baker, Normal; Mary Kathleen (Thomas) Roberts, Bloomington; and Brian Keith Baker, Bloomington; 12 grandchildren, Jacob and Hannah Baker; Stephanie, Mathew and James Baker; Luke Hinchee; Deanie Baker; Danielle Baker; Dustin Selleck; James Roberts; Thomas Roberts; and Steven Roberts; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Carol (Cecil) Crow, Normal; two half sisters, Connie (Don) Tincher and Orlenia Clawitter, all of Bloomington; one brother, Carl Hoog, Rockford; and one half brother, Doug (Joyce) Powell, New Zealand.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Jim Shugrue and Bill and John Hoog.

Madaline first worked for St. Joseph Hospital on Morris Avenue, Bloomington. She later worked at Eureka-Williams Co., Bloomington, for more than 35 years. Madaline was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Bloomington, where she served on several committees.

She enjoyed bicycling, walking and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be missed by all who knew her.

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Carolyn Jean Todd

Carolyn Jean Todd, 76, of Normal, formerly of Morton, passed away at 9:19 a.m. Monday (Feb. 16, 2015) at Heritage Health, Normal.

The family has entrusted Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, with cremation rites. There will be no visitation. Grave side services will be at Beardstown Cemetery at a later date. Memorials can be made to the American Lung Association, 55 Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.

Carolyn was born Nov. 29, 1938, in Quincy, the daughter of Richard and Barbara Haskins Welbourne.
She is survived by three sons, Martin Todd, El Paso; Christopher (Debra) Todd, Normal; Brian Todd, East Peoria; one daughter, Collenia (Scott) Leitner, Spring Valley; three grandchildren, McKenzie Todd, Normal; Bethany Leitner and Noah Leitner, both of Spring Valley.

She was proceeded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Barbara Garside; and two brothers, Bruce Welbourne; and Richard Welbourne Jr.

She was a U.S. Air Force veteran. She devoted her time in raising her children before her nursing career. She was a graduate of Illinois Central College nursing program, then worked as a nurse at the Apostolic Christian Home for the Handicapped in Morton.

She attended Assembly of God churches most of her life. Carolyn was a very artistic and enjoyed many crafts like cross stitching.

She will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother.

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